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Gripping contest: Kilcoo’s Conor Lavery with Shane Annett of Mayobridge in last year’s Down SFC final

Gripping contest: Kilcoo’s Conor Lavery with Shane Annett of Mayobridge in last year’s Down SFC final

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Conleith Gilligan wary of the new fixture plan

Conleith Gilligan wary of the new fixture plan

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Gripping contest: Kilcoo’s Conor Lavery with Shane Annett of Mayobridge in last year’s Down SFC final

Warnings have been sounded about the new draft master fixture plan, and how it will impact upon club football and hurling.

News that the new system planned for 2021 will include provincial and All-Ireland series for clubs has gained favour with Down club Kilcoo, who were denied the opportunity of defending their 2019 Ulster title last year due to the pandemic squeezing the club season.

However, the 13-week club Championship window will mean that many counties either wait until the weekend of July 24/25 to commence any action, or else run off domestic club leagues without their county players.


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